Dodger Stadium Express update: the bus service to the ballpark from Union Station and Harbor Gateway will continue through October, as we’ve mentioned before. It’s a bygone conclusion/mortal lock that the Dodgers will be visiting the postseason at this point.
Even more amazing: the Dodgers are on pace to win 115.6 games with a .714 winning percentage. The Major League record for wins in a season is 116 games. Next up for L.A. is six games against the Pirates and Tigers, neither of which owns a winning record.
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More on Metro’s ongoing test of security scanners at one of the Red/Purple Line entrances at Union Station. From the story: “While we’ll never become a fully secured environment like you’d have in the airport, we do want to find a way to more effectively screen passengers,” Metro security executive Alex Wiggins said. “We are trying to stay ahead of the threat.”
As I wrote yesterday, not everyone is thrilled at the prospect of scanners, with critics saying it’s impossible to fully secure a rail system with many stations.
Ethan is an attorney who directs the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) at UC Berkeley Law and also authored the book “Railtown” about Los Angeles’ efforts to build a modern rail system.
And he’s not a fan of the Gold Line extension to Claremont/Montclair, which is set to break ground later this year. His beef: the line is too similar to Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line as the tracks will be parallel between Pomona and Claremont/Montclair (S.B. County has to pony up some dollars for the line to go beyond Claremont). Ridership on the S.B. line fell after the Gold Line to Azusa opened last year, with some riders choosing Metro as Metro trains are cheaper to ride and service is more frequent.
I think the counter-argument goes like this: while the two lines will be parallel, the Gold Line will ultimately connect riders to the northern cities of the San Gabriel Valley — the 210 corridor — whereas Metrolink follows the 10 freeway. So it’s not that much of a redundancy. And some Metrolink riders who can’t reach the 210 cities now, will be able to transfer to the Gold Line and ride to the Foothill Cities.
Question: will riders really abandon a 55-minute ride on Metrolink from Claremont to Union Station in favor of a Gold Line ride that goes north, then south and will take at least 70 minutes? We’ll see.
Ethan points out that the Gold Line will need density to gain riders and justify its existence — and he’s absolutely right. Here’s hoping that all the Foothill Cities will continue to add new housing and jobs near their light rail line.
Stockton has one of the highest concentrations of “extreme commuters” in the U.S.
8% of commuters travel 90 minutes or more to work. pic.twitter.com/qU6jbRtf1O
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 17, 2017
After a developer purchased her apartment building in Alameda in the East Bay, a woman moves to Stockton — 80 looooong miles from her job in San Francisco — and begins a commute that consumes three hours each way and involves two trains and a bus.
It’s a commute that is becoming more common as more people flee to the Central Valley to find affordable housing. This is really a story about the brutal housing market in the Bay Area.
Don’t skip the comments. Lots of interestingness there.
What riding trains taught me about Americans (Zocalo Public Square)
James McCommons pens a great piece about train travel across the U.S. and the folks he’s met. Sampling:
Over the years, I’ve dined with school teachers, a deputy sheriff, a distraught widower, an apprentice mortician, a veterinarian recruiting for slaughterhouses, a priest who discovered the call in Vietnam, an aging movie star, and a wheezy 98-year-old who was a door gunner on a Flying Fortress.
Kind of makes you want to flee the cube farm right now, eh?
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